Visitor – UCSB Parking Reciprocity

Who is qualified

UCSB offers parking reciprocity to UC faculty and staff who visit the campus on University business. Reciprocity at UCSB is honored for one to five days per fiscal year. Your current parking status, whether faculty or staff, will qualify you for a UCSB permit of equivalent status. (A UCSB “A” permit corresponds to faculty status, while a “B” permit corresponds to staff status.)

You are required to purchase a permit if you, as the employee of another UC campus, park a vehicle at UCSB more than five days per fiscal year.

Where to park

A faculty or staff reciprocity permit is valid:

  • In the lots and structures designated for faculty/staff. Be aware that some spaces within the lots are designated “Faculty Only”.
  • In student lots.
  • In time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated.

Permits are valid for parking in time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated. e.g., 20, 30 or 40 minute green curb spaces. Other restrictions may apply to specific spaces or areas within a lot or parking structure.

The permit is not valid for example, in Coastal Access, Reserved, Service, Restricted, Vendor spaces.  Additionally, the permit is not valid in university-owned residential housing parking lots and structures ("H" Permit lots).


The permit is not valid where restrictions apply — for example, reserved or metered spaces, or lots/spaces marked for vendors or “H” permit holders. The permit is not valid in Coastal Access spaces on weekdays, Monday–Friday 7:30AM–5:00PM. The permit is not valid in the off-campus parking facilities operated by Housing & Residential Services.

How to apply

Applications for UCSB parking reciprocity are accepted exclusively at the Parking Services office. Upon applying, you will be asked to present an ID and evidence of your current UC parking status.

  • Parking permits are granted for the purpose of transportation to and from campus. Garaging (storing) your vehicle on campus is prohibited unless you are an "H" or "IVA" permit holder in the assigned parking lot.
  • Parking permits are issued solely by Parking Services and are assigned after verification of eligibility. 
  • Permits remain the property of UCSB and are assigned to individuals.  They are not transferable between friends or family members.
  • Permits are issued when the applicant has paid the required fee, resolved all delinquent parking citations and provided proof of eligibility.
  • Failure to provide and maintain accurate information on the parking permit application may result in citation, fine, the loss of parking privileges and referral to the Campus Police or the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.
  • Decal type permits must be attached to the lower left hand (driver's) side of the windshield with the adhesive provided on the decal and without the use of tape, plastic sleeve or hang tag (unless originally issued in that format).  Please remove all expired permits from your windshield to avoid citation.